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Trust Newsletter archive / Short archive - in reverse order
« on: February 04, 2013, 04:38:56 PM »
Please click on the links below to see past editions:

Thursday 28th March 2013 (Due to Good Friday)

Tuesday 26th March 2013

Friday 22nd March 2013 ... /467/t/191

Tuesday 19th March 2013 ... /463/t/183

Friday 15th March 2013 ... /464/t/186

Tuesday 12th March 2013

Friday 8th March 2013

Tuesday 5th March 2013

Friday 1st March 2013

Tuesday 26th February 2013

Friday 22nd February 2013

Tuesday 19th February 2013

Friday 15th February 2013

Tuesday 12th February 2013

Friday 8th February 2013

Tuesday 5th February 2013

Friday 1st February 2013

Tuesday 29th January 2013

Friday 25th January 2013

Trust Newsletter archive / Trust newsletter. Sign-up or read past editions.
« on: February 04, 2013, 04:35:58 PM »
The Trust issues regular news updates each Tuesday and Friday in an electronic newsletter that is delivered directly to any nominated email account.

It's FREE and easy to sign-up for by filling in a few details on this page:

Below will be a series of online links that will populate editions one week after their original issue, acting as a archive for any missed.

You can control or alter your settings, or view a wider ranging archive from that sign-up page at any time in the future. The newsletter page is available off the link half-way down the home page.

We hope you enjoy the content which includes funding, maintenance and historical features relating to XH558 and Vulcan aircraft in general.

Web Site Announcements / Avro Vulcan 60th Anniversary Book
« on: November 23, 2012, 04:23:54 PM »
We are pleased to announce that the final production version of our Avro Vulcan 60th Anniversary Book is planned to be sent to the printers next week and we are expecting supplies in for Monday 10th December – just in time for your receipt and reading over Christmas!


With a foreword by Eric Verdon-Roe, the Great Grandson of the founder, the book starts with a brief history of the man and his company, with focus on the individuals that made it one of the leading aircraft manufacturers of the 20th Century. Filled with some rare historic photographs from the design stages of the baby 707’s to the production aircraft, the book also features a section dedicated to every single Vulcan aircraft ever made.

Other sections recount stories from the crews who flew them with anecdotes from all around the world, wherever Vulcan aircraft visited. The book also details the first and the last made, with extensive sections on VX770 and the sole remaining airworthy example - Vulcan XH558.

With over 130 large format pages, it's sure to be on everyone’s Christmas List!

See details here for page reviews and ordering: ... rsary.html

Web Site Announcements / Re: XH558's Friends Scheme
« on: August 16, 2012, 04:50:18 PM »
Notice from Trust Executive:

With regard to the Friends Scheme launch, people will no doubt be aware of issues this Spring which ultimately delayed our planning towards this.

We still have matters to resolve in delivering a professional rewards scheme, some of which you have seen in the discussion document with regard to planning the longer term future of XH558, presented within our proposals for Ve3.

You can see a copy of those plans here:

We are however aware, that without people like you, we would not have a flying Vulcan at all, so we want to be assured of providing a lasting benefit to you in recognising that support.

On the point about the engine incident having "gone quiet", we would respond that having communicated the basic circumstances of the incident publicly within 24 hours, and submitted the required Mandatory Occurrence report to the CAA, the Trust then started a formal investigation as expected of an organisation with strict safety management policies, under the leadership of a Board member.

This resulted in an Investigation Report containing recommendations that was sent to the Board and the Executive Team. The recommendations have been accepted and implemented, and recently a closure report was sent by the Executive Team to the Board.

A summary of these reports will be published once the Board has responded, taking into account the implications of our "No Blame" policy.

We hope this helps to clarify the situation for you.

Many thanks.

XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Re: Official XH558 YouTube Channel
« on: July 20, 2012, 05:25:11 PM »
Farnborough 2012 - Saturday display from the blister.


Farnborough 2012 - Sunday display from the cockpit.


XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Re: Official XH558 YouTube Channel
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:44:30 PM »
RIAT Sunday display:


XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Re: Official XH558 YouTube Channel
« on: July 06, 2012, 05:14:19 PM »

XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Re: Official XH558 YouTube Channel
« on: June 22, 2012, 05:43:14 PM »
Engineering Update 22/06/12.


XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Re: Official XH558 YouTube Channel
« on: June 19, 2012, 12:41:11 AM »
50,000+ Views Now! Thanks everyone!

XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Re: Official XH558 YouTube Channel
« on: June 15, 2012, 04:50:49 PM »
Engineering Update 15/06/12 - Filmed by Lewis Steeper


12/06/12 - Number 2 engine drop - Photography by Lewis Steeper.

Thanks to Lew for taking the time to provide the photographs.

XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Re: Official XH558 YouTube Channel
« on: June 01, 2012, 05:11:54 PM »
Small video by Taff 01/06/12.


Photography by Lewis Steeper.

XH558 now back in the hangar undergoing investigation work by the engineering team at Doncaster.

XH558: 30/05/12 - Engine Investigation by XH558 Photography, on Flickr

Looking down engine number 2 jet exhaust tube.

XH558: 30/05/12 - Engine Investigation by XH558 Photography, on Flickr

Ray inspecting the number 1 jet exhaust tube.

XH558: 30/05/12 - Engine Investigation by XH558 Photography, on Flickr

The two damaged engines still on the airframe.

XH558: 30/05/12 - Engine Investigation by XH558 Photography, on Flickr

Web Site Announcements / Engine Damage Update
« on: May 30, 2012, 04:59:18 PM »
Engine Damage Update - issued Wednesday 30th May - 5pm

The technical team spent yesterday (Tuesday) investigating the engine damage on XH558, to determine its cause and to start assessing the timescale and cost of rectification.

We have already established that both engines No.1 and No.2 on the port side are sadly beyond repair, both having suffered blade damage and the effect of excessive heat.

The primary cause of the damage has been determined to be ingestion of silica gel desiccant bags. The most likely sequence of events was that material was ingested by No.1 engine, which surged and suffered LP compressor blade failure. Debris was then sucked into No. 2 which then also failed.

All relevant agencies and technical authorities have been informed. “We have been greatly reassured by the support from industry colleagues, and would like to thank all those who have offered help,” said engineering director Andrew Edmondson.

We would also like to place on record our thanks to all at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield for their swift and professional reaction on Monday, whilst also apologising to those affected by delays or diversions.

In accordance with normal procedures, a formal investigation into the incident has been opened, chaired by the Chairman of the Trust’s Safety Review Committee.

The technical inspection has so far showed that no airframe damage was sustained, with damage being limited to the engines. The next step is to replace the damaged engines with two from the Trust’s remaining stock. Timescales for a return to flight are not yet clear – we will of course update the web site with progress and give details in the e-newsletters each week.

“We are deeply sorry that this incident has happened, and at this time in 2012. The additional unplanned costs are clearly very worrying as resources are, as ever very tight” said the charity’s chief executive, Dr. Robert Pleming. “We are actively working on a plan to recover our Jubilee season schedule and we will share this with you as soon as practical via the newsletter, Facebook page, Twitter feed and the web site.”

With many thanks to all for continuing to support Vulcan XH558.

The Vulcan Team

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